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Old 04-30-2007, 03:07 PM   #11
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I live in a condo and I don't plant anything, but I also live in the middle of farm country, and there are producce stands all over the place where I can buy fresh produce year around. It wouldn't be any fresher if I grew it myself.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:27 PM   #12
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Around here, the safest time to plant is after the last full moon in May. I start my seedlings indoors pretty early, but this time I bought (and did not realize) miracle grow potting soil with slow release fertilizer. My seedlings for the most part have failed. Also, we have not had alot of sunny warm days, so I'm sure that has contributed to the problem. I'll end up having to buy most of my vegetable plants this season.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:35 PM   #13
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We are eating asparagus, sugar snap peas, onions. lettuces and radishes now. I planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, green beans, squash and cucs last weekend. I put the herb garden in a few weeks ago, but just did the basil Sunday, it likes it warm. I'm going to wait a week or two for the lima's, corn and okra. We do our tomatoes the same way that you do Sparrowgrass, we usually raise 125 or so plants and having the guides on both sides make it so much easier. I do alot of the seedlings inside and I have never had a problem with the Miracle Grow with fertilizer, but if there isn't enough sunlight I have bad problems.
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:24 PM   #14
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I have about 65 tomato plants growing in peat pellets in my house. It's still too cold around here to plant most plants. I have about 7 habenero plants and 3 little red, fiery hot peppers, of which I have no clue what the name is. But they are about the size of a grape, and are very hot. I also have some edible flowers growing and will soon be planting carrots. It won't be until the middle of May before I attempt anything else though.

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Old 04-30-2007, 05:43 PM   #15
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Goodweed..I thought my SIL was off her rocker when she planted 200 tomatoes...now she is in a nursing home in N.C. with Alzheimer's.***************LOL How are you holding up..LOL

All kidding aside, what in tarnation are you going to do with 65 plants?
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:48 PM   #16
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That is a lot of tomatoes Goodweed.
do you sell them?
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:45 PM   #17
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so far, in the ground I got tomatoes ( grape, roma, beefsteak about 25 in all), some type of frying peppers ( 6) , eggplants ( 6) , leaf lettuce mix, boston lettuce, cabbage ( 3) , garlice ( 100, planted last november), tomotillos ( 4) , large gourds ( 4) , small gourds ( 4) , peas ( about 40), maxixe (2) ,potatoes,carrots, celery, beets,chard,scallions, onions, radishes, basil, parsley, oregano, mint, spearmint, dill, chives, rosemary, thyme

still inside in peat pots, cucumbers ( 16) , pickling cukes ( 48), okra ( 20)

still in the seed packet, soy beans, string beans and a few other things i forgot .

fruits peach ( 3), yellow apple (4), black cherry ( 4), chesnut ( 1), blue berries (4), red raspberry ( 2), black berries ( too many to count), black raspberries ( also too many to count), pears ( 2), kiwis ( 4), grapes ( 4), fig (1), cranberries ( 2 of the sorriest looking plants you've ever seen)

I always try to sneak a few weeks more out of the season by covering with plastic
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:38 PM   #18
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OMG, Goodweed, what big company do you sell them to? Lol I plant -- ah - 3 (makes me laugh now) plants and are plenty for us. I don't can though or anything else. Just eat them off the vine - yum !
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:51 PM   #19
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I started my tomatoes(seeds) a couple of months ago in my house in a sunny window in Northern New Mexico 7500 ft and plan on putting them in large containers in my little 8x10 green house .They are at least 11 inches tall I will plant tall stems deep to get deep rootsI also have a small heater in green house and dont hafto worry about frost.It is still less then below 35 degrees but heater maybe only gets it up to 45- 50 degrees at night and the green house can heat up to 80-85 when the sun is out without heater . However I dont know how cold the young plants can take with out killing them. Any thoughts?
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Old 04-30-2007, 11:39 PM   #20
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Around here, the safest time to plant is after the last full moon in May. I start my seedlings indoors pretty early, but this time I bought (and did not realize) miracle grow potting soil with slow release fertilizer. My seedlings for the most part have failed. Also, we have not had alot of sunny warm days, so I'm sure that has contributed to the problem. I'll end up having to buy most of my vegetable plants this season.
I had simililar situation happen. I started my seeds in seed starting mix. I then transplanted them to 8oz stirophoam cups. I used potting soil left over from last year. It was the expert gardner stuff with weak fertilizer you find at walmart. I have never had problems growing anything in it....of the plants i do pot. Well some of my pepper plants hated it. Which would be: Hot Cherry, Poblano, and New Mexican. Before i transplanted they were some of the best growing chile i had and after a lot of the leaves started turning yellow and falling off. THe rest of the peppers were just fine. It didn't kill the plants but it sure put a shock to them. You know i thought it was the cheap potting soil. Since you had trouble with miracle grow it makes me wonder if its just not the weak fertilizer that is causing the problem...but try to find potting soil without fertilizer would be next to impossible. All potting soil seems to have it. I did buy schultz potting soil for next year already but its getting me to wonder if i should not use it. Id love to use promix which a lot of people have luck with but i can not find it around my area. So what other options do i have? Maybe try to mix potting soil by myself with a mixture of peat moss, vermelite or maybe get potting soil labeled as Organic.

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